The Green Papers: Alabama 2017 General Election
 
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Elections for Statewide offices and Congress
✓ Special Primary Senate Class 2: Tuesday 15 August 2017
✓ Special Runoff (Republican) Senate Class 2: Tuesday 26 September 2017
Special Election Senate Class 2: Tuesday 12 December 2017
Wednesday 17 May 2017 - Filing Deadline - Special Primary Senate Class 2 Primary.
Tuesday 15 August 2017 - Special Primary Senate Class 2. Polling hours reportedly 7:00a-7:00p CDT (1200-0000 UTC).
Tuesday 15 August 2017 - Filing Deadline - Special Election Senate Class 2 - Independent/Third/Minor party.
Tuesday 26 September 2017 - Special Runoff (Republican) Senate Class 2. Polling hours 7:00a-7:00p CDT (1200-0000 UTC).
Tuesday 12 December 2017 - Special Election Senate Class 2. Polling hours 7:00a-7:00p CST (1300-0100 UTC).
 
Senators:2(Electoral Classes 2 and 3)
Governor:1 
2010 Census:4,802,982 (1.55% of 309,785,186)
2012, 2016, 2020 Electoral Votes:9(1.67% of 538)
2012-2020 Representatives:7(1.61% of 435)
Capital:Montgomery
 

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If no candidate receives at least 50% of the vote in the primary, a runoff will be held between the top two vote-getters.


2017 Special Election for the U.S. Senate from the Alabama Secretary of State.

15 August 2017 Special Primary Senate Class 2 Election results from AP and Unofficial Election Night Results from the Alabama Secretary of State.

26 September 2017 Special Runoff Senate Class 2 Unofficial Election Night Results from the Alabama Secretary of State and Results from The New York Times.

12 December 2017 Special Election Senate Class 2 Unofficial Election Night Results from the Alabama Secretary of State.

 
           

U.S. Senate  6 year term. No Term Limit. 115th Senate  Senate Electoral Classes

Class 2 Republican Senator Luther J. Strange, III
Appointed: 9 February 2017 (re: Senator Jefferson Beauregard "Jeff" Sessions, III [Republican] confirmed as Attorney General in the Trump administration)
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
Lost Primary / No Longer Running - 26 September 2017.
Will not be included in the 12 December Special General Election.
 Candidate list
    Republican     Senator Jefferson Beauregard "Jeff" Sessions, III - apparently not a candidate
8 February 2017: Confirmed as Attorney General in the Trump administration by the U.S. Senate.

FEC S6AL00195
 

Senator Jefferson Beauregard "Jeff" Sessions, III (Republican) who was first elected in 1996 and re-elected in 2002, 2008, and 2014 was confirmed as Attorney General in the Trump administration on 8 February 2017 by the U.S. Senate, 52-47. Governor Robert J. Bentley (Republican) named state Attorney General Luther Strange to the seat on 9 February 2017.

On 9 February 2017, Governor Robert J. Bentley (Republican) called a special election concurrent with the regular 6 November 2018 election to fill the remaining 2 years of the term.

18 April 2017: Governor Kay Ivey (Republican) called a Special Election for Tuesday 12 December 2017. The primary is Tuesday 15 August 2017. If no candidate receives at least 50% of the vote in the primary, a Tuesday 26 September 2017 runoff will be held between the top two vote-getters.


Class 2
Seat up for special election
Special Election
Republican
Seat up for special election: Tuesday 12 December 2017
Special Election
 Candidate list (2, 7 write-ins)
  Candidate Democratic     former U.S. Attorney Doug Jones
FEC S0AL00156; 22 Nov 17; Tot $11,796,303; Dsb $9,257,763
  Candidate Republican     former Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court Roy S. Moore
15 August 2017 Primary: Advances to 26 September 2017 runoff. Won the runoff with 55%.

FEC S8AL00340; 22 Nov 17; Tot $5,260,974; Dsb $4,512,909
  Candidate Scattering     Write-In
  Candidate Write-in; (Libertarian)     Ronald Hubert "Ron" Bishop, Jr.
FEC S8AL00480
  Candidate Write-in     Lee Busby
  Candidate Write-in; (Independent)     Eulas Devlin Kirtdoll, Sr.
FEC S8AL00498
  Candidate Write-in; (Independent)     Arlester "Mack" McBride
FEC S8AL00472
  Candidate Write-in; (Independent)     Chanda Mills Crutcher
FEC S8AL00506
  Candidate Write-in; (Republican)     Mac Watson
 

9 February 2017: Governor Robert J. Bentley (Republican) called a special election concurrent with the regular 6 November 2018 election to fill the remaining 2 years of the term.

18 April 2017: Governor Kay Ivey (Republican) called a Special Election for Tuesday 12 December 2017. The primary is Tuesday 15 August 2017. If no candidate receives at least 50% of the vote in the primary, a Tuesday 26 September 2017 runoff will be held between the top two vote-getters.

15 August 2017: Doug Jones 61% won the Democratic Primary. A Tuesday 26 September 2017 runoff will be held between the top two Republican vote-getters, Roy S. Moore 40% and Luther J. Strange, III 32%.

26 September 2017: Roy S. Moore won the runoff with 55%.


Class 3 Republican Senator  Richard C. Shelby
First elected as a Democrat: 1986; re-elected: 1992; Changed Party affiliation to Republican: 9 November 1994; re-elected as a Republican: 1998, 2004, 2010, 2016.
[also served in the U.S. House- elected: 1978, 1980, 1982, 1984 as a Democrat]
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2022

Governor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms, All Governors

  Republican Governor  Kay Ivey
Ascended to the chair 10 April 2017 following the resigation of Governor Robert J. Bentley (Republican).
Chair up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
The current Governor is unaffected by the State's term limit.
 Candidate list (13)
  Candidate Democratic     Jason Childs
  Candidate Democratic     former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb
  Candidate Democratic     Christopher A. Countryman
  Candidate Democratic     former state Representative James C. Fields, Jr.
  Candidate Democratic     Tuscaloosa Mayor  Walt Maddox
  Candidate Republican     Huntsville Mayor  Thomas "Tommy" Battle, Jr.
    Republican     Jefferson County Commissioner  David Carrington - apparently not a candidate
13 September 2017: "I've decided it's time for me to end my campaign for Governor."
  Candidate Republican     Scott Dawson
    Republican     former Morgan County Commissioner Stacy Lee George - apparently not a candidate
13 November 2017: Dropped out endorsing Governor Kay Ivey.
  Candidate Republican     state Senator  Bill Hightower
  Candidate Republican     Governor  Kay Ivey
  Candidate Republican     Joshua "Josh" Jones
  Candidate Republican     Agriculture and Industries Commissioner  John McMillan
15 May 2017: Candidate for Governor in 2018.
  Candidate Republican     Auditor  Jim Zeigler
21 June 2017: Formed an Exploratory committee for Governor.
  Candidate Independent     Chad "Chig" Martin
 10 April 2017: Governor Robert J. Bentley (Republican), who was first elected in 2010 and re-elected in 2014, resigned amid a sex scandal. Following his resignation, Lieutenant Governor Kay Ivey (Republican) was sworn in as Governor.
10 April 2017: Governor Robert J. Bentley was booked at the Montgomery County jail on misdemeanor charges involving campaign finance violations.

Lieutenant Governor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018. Term Limit: Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms. Elected separately from the Governor.


Vacant
Republican Lieutenant Governor Kay Ivey
First elected: 2010; re-elected: 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
The current Lieutenant Governor is unaffected by the State's term limit.
Vacant Office
 Candidate list (4)
  Candidate Republican     state Representative  Will Ainsworth
  Candidate Republican     Alabama Public Service Commissioner  Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh
  Candidate Republican     state Senator  Rusty Glover
  Candidate Republican     state Board of Education Member  Mary Scott Hunter
 10 April 2017: Lieutenant Governor Kay Ivey ascended to the Governor's chair following the resignation of Governor Robert J. Bentley (Republican).

115th U.S. House of Representatives  2-year term. Election Cycle 2018, 2020. No Term Limit. 115th House
Partisan Composition (primary disposition):
6 Republican (6 Undetermined);
1 Democratic (1 Undetermined)

Incumbent - 115th Congress
CD 1 Republican Congressman  Bradley Roberts Byrne
First elected in a special election: 17 December 2013 (re: resignation of Congressman Josiah Robins "Jo" Bonner, Jr. [Republican]).
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
 Candidate list (1) - 116th Congress
  Candidate Republican     Congressman  Bradley Roberts Byrne
FEC H4AL01123; 30 Sep 17; Tot $366,818; Dsb $269,361

Incumbent - 115th Congress
CD 2 Republican Congressman  Martha Roby
First elected: 2010
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
 Candidate list (5) - 116th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Tabitha Kay Isner
FEC H8AL02197
  Candidate Democratic     Audri Scott Williams
FEC H8AL02163
  Candidate Republican     Thomas Marrion "Tommy" Amason, III
FEC H8AL02189
  Candidate Republican     state Representative  Felix Barry "Barry" Moore
FEC H8AL02171; 30 Sep 17; Tot $76,170; Dsb $32,806
  Candidate Republican     Congressman  Martha Roby
FEC H0AL02087; 30 Sep 17; Tot $589,998; Dsb $233,534

Incumbent - 115th Congress
CD 3 Republican Congressman  Michael Dennis "Mike" Rogers
First elected: 2002
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
 Candidate list (2) - 116th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Jesse T. Smith
FEC H4AL03061
  Candidate Republican     Congressman  Michael Dennis "Mike" Rogers
FEC H2AL03032; 30 Sep 17; Tot $471,688; Dsb $240,688

Incumbent - 115th Congress
CD 4 Republican Congressman  Robert Brown Aderholt
First elected: 1996
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
 Candidate list (4) - 116th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Ricky Allen "Rick" Neighbors
FEC H8AL04086; 30 Sep 17; Tot $5,800; Dsb $2,377
  Candidate Republican     Congressman  Robert Brown Aderholt
FEC H6AL04098; 30 Sep 17; Tot $589,452; Dsb $243,066
  Candidate Republican     Mike Moses
FEC H8AL04078
  Candidate Republican     Phillip "Phil" Norris
FEC H8AL04060; 30 Sep 17; Tot $100; Dsb $58

Incumbent - 115th Congress
CD 5 Republican Congressman  Morris J. "Mo" Brooks, Jr.
First elected: 2010
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
15 May 2017: Candidate in the Special Election for the U.S. Senate Class 2 seat.
15 August 2017: Did not receive his party's nomination in the Special Election primary for the U.S. Senate Class 2 seat.

 Candidate list (6) - 116th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Brett Butler "Butler" Cain
FEC H8AL05174; 30 Sep 17; Tot $700; Dsb $0
  Candidate Democratic     Peter S. Joffrion
FEC H8AL05190; 30 Sep 17; Tot $63,427; Dsb $37,257
  Candidate Democratic     Terrence Michael "Michael" Sweeney
FEC H8AL05182
  Candidate Republican     Congressman  Morris J. "Mo" Brooks, Jr.
FEC H0AL05163; 30 Sep 17; Tot $1,028,323; Dsb $1,639,277
  Candidate Republican     Robert Clayton "Clayton" Hinchman
FEC H8AL05208; 30 Sep 17; Tot $54,900; Dsb $24,700
  Candidate Republican     state Senator  William Lovette "Bill" Holtzclaw
FEC H8AL05216; 30 Sep 17; Tot $14,565; Dsb $4,821

Incumbent - 115th Congress
CD 6 Republican Congressman  Gary Palmer
First elected: 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
 Candidate list (2) - 116th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Danner Kline
FEC H8AL06099; 30 Sep 17; Tot $70,060; Dsb $44,209
  Candidate Republican     Congressman  Gary Palmer
FEC H4AL06098; 30 Sep 17; Tot $509,874; Dsb $171,716

Incumbent - 115th Congress
CD 7 Democratic Congressman  Terrycina Andrea "Terri" Sewell
First elected: 2010
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
 Candidate list (2) - 116th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Richard A. Rice
FEC H8AL07089
  Candidate Democratic     Congressman  Terrycina Andrea "Terri" Sewell
FEC H0AL07086; 30 Sep 17; Tot $637,234; Dsb $260,540

Secretary of State  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018

  Republican Secretary of State John Harold Merrill
First elected: 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018

Attorney General  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018

  Republican Attorney General  Steven Troy "Steve" Marshall
Appointed 10 February 2017 re: Attorney General Luther Strange (Republican) appointment to the state's Senate Class 2 seat.
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
 Candidate list (4)
  Candidate Democratic     Chris Christie
  Candidate Republican     former Judge Chess Bedsole
  Candidate Republican     Alice Martin
  Candidate Republican     Sam McLure
 

9 February 2017: Attorney General Luther Strange (Republican), who was first elected in 2010 and re-elected in 2014, was appointed to the state's Senate Class 2 seat by Governor Robert J. Bentley (Republican) after Senator Jefferson Beauregard "Jeff" Sessions, III (Republican) was confirmed as Attorney General in the Trump administration by the U.S. Senate the day before.
10 February 2017: Governor Robert J. Bentley appointed Marshall County District Attorney Steve Marshall as Alabama Attorney General.


Treasurer  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018

  Republican Treasurer Young Boozer
First elected: 2010; re-elected: 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
Open Seat - At term limit.

Auditor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018

  Republican Auditor  Jim Zeigler
First elected: 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
Open Seat - 21 June 2017: Formed an Exploratory committee for Governor.
 Candidate list (1)
  Candidate Republican     Elliott Lipinsky

Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018

  Republican Agriculture and Industries Commissioner  John McMillan
First elected: 2010; re-elected: 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
Open Seat - At term limit.
15 May 2017: Candidate for Governor in 2018.
 Candidate list (1)
  Candidate Republican     Lowndesboro Mayor  Rick Pate
 

Political Parties    Parties appear in parenthesis and italics when a candidate receives the endorsement of a given Party and/or official sources indicate a candidate's association with a particular Party but only where the Party in question does not appear on the actual ballot as such.

Major Parties   Those parties which received electoral votes through winning a plurality of a state's [or the District of Columbia's] popular vote in any presidential election between 1984 and 2016. See Classification of Political parties.
  Democratic (affiliates): 1 incumbent, 17 candidates
  Republican: 16 incumbents, 30 candidates
Major Third Parties   Any Party, other than a Major Party, receiving a minimum of 15/100ths of 1 percent of the nationwide popular vote in any presidential election between 1984 and 2016. See Classification of Political parties.
  Constitution (affiliates)
  Green (affiliates)
  Libertarian: 1 candidate
  Reform (affiliates)
Other Third Parties
  Justice Party
  Unity
Independents
  Independent: 4 candidates
Write-in/Scattered/otherwise not readily classifiable
  Scattering: 1 candidate
  Write-in: 6 candidates
 
Candidates running under the banner of more than one party are counted towards each party's total. A candidate who has lost a primary or is apparently no longer a candidate is not counted.

Notes

Candidates for office appear on this page in italics where 'The Green Papers' does not yet have independent confirmation from a legal election authority that the person has been officially certified to appear on the ballot.

"Apparently not a candidate" indicates that someone we once listed as a candidate for an elective office will not, in fact, be running for that office (primarily because said candidate is not listed on an official ballot provided by a jurisdiction's election authorities, where that candidate has not previously withdrawn his/her candidacy or otherwise indicated no longer [or even ever] being a candidate for that office).

Primary dates marked "presumably" and polling times marked "reportedly" are based on unofficial or estimated data (especially as regards local variations from a jurisdictionwide statutory and/or regulatory standard) and are, thereby, subject to change.

"FEC" indicates the Federal Election Commission (FEC) Campaign Finance Summary.

When available, we post each candidate's FEC identification number, the date of their most recently filed Report of Receipts and Disbursements, their "Tot" [Total Receipts (contributions received or what came in: FEC Form 3, Line 16, Column B)] and their "Dsb" [Total Disbursements (expenditures or what was spent: FEC Form 3, Line 23, Column B)]. A link is provided to the Federal Election Commission's Summary Report for those who might wish to explore the details.

If a candidate raises or spends $5,000 or less, he or she is not subject to FEC reporting requirements.


Links Links to other web sites

Election Authority
  Alabama Secretary of State
  AlabamaVotes.gov
Legislature   Links to State Legislatures
  Alabama Legislature
Democratic
  Alabama Democratic Party
Republican
  Alabama Republican Party
Third Party
  Alabama Green Party
  Constitution Party of Alabama
  Justice Party of Alabama
  Libertarian Party of Alabama
  Reform Party of Alabama
  The The Unity Party of Alabama
Media & others
  al.com - Everything Alabama
  Alabama Political Reporter
  Andalusia Star News
  Daily Mountain Eagle - Jasper
  Hartselle Enquirer
  Montgomery Advertiser
  Politics1.com - Alabama
  The Cullman Times
  The Daily Home - Talladega
  The Daily Sentinel - Scottsboro
  The Decatur Daily
  The Demopolis Times
  The Dothan Eagle
  The Gadsden Times
  The Messinger - Troy
  The Opelika-Auburn News - Opelika
  The Outlook - Alexander City & Lake Martin
  The Star - Anniston
  The Times-Journal - Fort Payne
  The Valley Times-News - Lanett
  Times Daily - Florence
  Tuscaloosa News
  WAAY TV - ABC - Huntsville
  WAFF TV - NBC - Huntsville
  WAKA TV - CBS - Montgomery
  WAKA TV-8 (ABC - Montgomery)
  WBRC TV - FOX - Birmingham
  WHNT TV - Huntsville
  WNCF TV - ABC - Montgomery
  WPMI TV-15 (NBC - Mobile)
  WSFA TV - NBC - Montgomery
  WVTM TV-13 (NBC - Birmingham)
  WZDX TV-8 (FOX - Huntsville)
  Yellowhammer - Montgomery

 


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